Centered around Harajuku Station is one of the most unique neighborhoods of Tokyo and the center of the kawaii culture, Harajuku. This colorful shopping area is famous for its kawaii pop culture and the many youth subcultures such as lolita as well as being a mecca for Japanese street fashion. Harajuku’s character comes alive when strolling down Takeshita Dori with its bubble gum colored fashion shopfronts and the sweet scent of sugar hanging in the air. If you’re ready to splurge some serious money, head over to Omotesando, dubbed the Champs-Elysees of Tokyo or hunt for weird things on Cat Street. Whatever your you’re looking for, we’ve made a list of super fun shops that we’re pretty sure you will find interesting. Have fun with a day of Harajuku shopping!
If you’re into Kawaii Fashion, be sure to check out our article: Kawaii Fashion -The Clothing Style Born in Harajuku, Tokyo
Harajuku Shopping #1: Laforet Harajuku
This shopping complex has been a Harajuku icon since it first opened in 1978. Fused with a museum exhibiting art and entertainment, Laforet has been a trendsetter offering the latest cutting edge fashion from leading brands as well as being an incubator for new fashion creators and artists. Over 140 boutiques cater to a young crowd in their teens and twenties selling ladies and menswear and accessories. Go to the lower floors for anything Lolita or head up the upper floors to find the latest Japanese streetwear popular among youngsters, you’ll surely find whatever outfit you are looking for here. The museum with its event and conference space often hosts special events making Laforet Harajuku an influential cultural center for fashion and art.
What can we find there: women’s fashion, mens fashion, streetwear, accessories, food court
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm
Harajuku Shopping #2: Ragtag
Ragtag is a second-hand designer clothing store for men and women. If you are on a budget, chances are you’ll likely to find something to your liking as the ‘rags’ sold here look like new yet sell for cheap. Clothes are carefully selected and follow today’s trends. As a second-hand designer clothing store, you can also bring your designer clothes to sell. The first floor sells streetwear brands like A Bathing Ape, Supreme and Toga while the second floor has offerings like Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and Prada. New items come in every week so you can find something different every time.
What can we find there: second hand designer clothes for men and women, accessories
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm
Harajuku Shopping #3: Omotesando Hills
This commercial shopping building located on the chic shopping street Omotesando, is one of the premiere shopping destinations for upscale domestic and international brands. The modern building designed by famous architect Tado Ando, features a beautifully designed atrium lined with high fashion shops like Valentino, Balmain and Y-3. After your shopping spree, finish the day with a decadent meal at one of the many fine dining establishments.
What can we find there: upscale men & women fashion, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, interior goods
Opening Hours: shops usually from 11am – 9pm, restaurants usually from 11am – 11pm
Harajuku Shopping #4: G2?
G2? (g-two-question) is a well-known vintage clothing store selling cute clothing from the 50’s – 80’s. Many items appeal to girls looking for anything from classic and kitsch to cute and eccentric. Apart from fashion and a whole lot of accessories, you’ll also find bags, shoes, wigs and toys. Items are often on sale and new collections come in every week.
What can we find there: clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, toys, wigs
Opening Hours: weekdays from 12pm – 8pm, weekends from 11am – 8pm
Love vintage clothing? Visit Shimokitazawa Tokyo – A Guide to The Hipster Neighborhood of Tokyo for more vintage finds.
Harajuku Shopping #5: Daiso
100 yen shops are very popular in Japan and Daiso is the most well known. Located on Takeshita Dori among all the cute fashion boutiques and crepe shop is the biggest Daiso in Japan. 4 floors of cheap items, snacks and souvenirs, Daiso has it all. From cups and saucers to DIY kits to stationary, you’re bound to buy more than you came for. This is a great place to buy everyday items for your home or budget-friendly gifts for friends and family.
What can we find there: everyday home items, stationery, craft & hobby, tools, kitchenware, food & snacks, textile, plants, cosmetics
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm
Harajuku Shopping #6: Cat Street
Cat Street is a shopping street that stretches for half a mile. Although you won’t find anything related to cats, what you do find is one of the most trendiest streets in Harajuku. Designer boutiques next to vintage stores line this street as young people one trendier than the next make their way in search of the funkiest outfit. If you’re into street fashion and looking for something different and hip, head over to Cat Street!
What can we find there: mens & women’s fashion, streetwear fashion
Opening Hours: irregular hours
Harajuku Shopping #7: Condomania
As Harajuku is not your typical neighborhood, it’s only fitting that you’ll find a fun condom shop as its mascot welcomes you to the Condomania. Located right on the intersection of Omotesando and Meiji Dori, this store sells not only your regular condoms but also fun novelty items like various flavored condoms and sex toys. It’s right-in-the-middle location of the street makes it easy to enter as tourists and locals alike visit this shop out of curiosity.
What can we find there: condoms, sex toys, lotion
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm
Harajuku Shopping #8: Purikura Land Noa
What other fun way there is to remember a day of shopping than to have a set of purikura made. Purikura are cute picture stickers made in a machine similar to a photo booth. You enter the booth with friends and through a set of options have a sticker set printed. Machines these days offer all kinds of fun options to make your sticker pictures even more cute such as rosy cheeks, add bunny ears, change eyes color and you can also add your own handwritten text. Purikura Land Noa located at Takeshita Dori, offer the latest and biggest number of machines in Tokyo all with different styles of purikura.
What can we find there: purikura machines
Opening Hours: 8am – 11:30pm
Harajuku Shopping #9: ASOKO Harajuku
This trendy variety shop with origins in Osaka has a selection of over 1,000 items. In this Tokyo flagship store, you’ll find everyday items, stationery, interior goods, accessories etc. with artsy print designs and bright colors. Prices range from under 100 yen to over 20,000 yen so you’ll surely find something whether for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Like a modern art shop, ASOKO also often collaborates with artists offering limited edition items.
What can we find there: everyday goods, stationery, interior & kitchen goods, DIY, clothing
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm
Harajuku Shopping #10: LINE Friends Store
The most popular and used instant message sending app in Japan, LINE, has a huge flagship store in Harajuku. Keeping up with the kawaii culture that Harajuku is famous for, you can find every merchandise imaginable featuring your favorite characters, Brown the bear, Cony the rabbit and Sally the duck. Uber cute plush dolls, charming mugs, stationery of every kind, tableware, humidifiers, smart speakers and snacks fill the 2-story store. Huge characters await at the entrance for a picture. Be warned that you don’t overspend because you’ll likely want to buy every item this store has to offer.
What can we find there: plush dolls, tableware, stationery, electronics, food
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm
Shopping in Harajuku is fun because you never know what new (and sometimes weird) findings you may come across. From the cute and obscure to well known upscale fashion brands, Harajuku is a place to indulge and express yourself any way you like it. Hit the streets and get inspired by the fashion of today or hunt for that hard-to-find item to create a new trend for tomorrow. For the young and young at heart, Harajuku shopping is a unique experience not found elsewhere in Tokyo!
If you can’t get enough of shopping, visit nearby Shibuya and be sure to read: Shibuya Shopping – 10 Shops & Malls You Should Buy From
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